How These 30 Forbes A-Listers Under 30 Built Nonprofit Tech That Serves Thousands of Students
A career in tech can be rewarding, but not everyone who wants to pursue one can. America on Tech wants to be a game changer.
Founded by Jessica Santana and Evin Floyd Robinson, America on Tech (AOT) is a non-profit organization that aims to prepare the next generation of technology leaders. By doing this, AOT is closing the gap in economic and racial wealth in underrated communities.
At the time of writing, AOT has served 3,500 students. The organization also opened offices in New York and Los Angeles.
“When we think of the youth we serve, we know that when given the resources to succeed, they thrive and create promising career paths not only for themselves, but for others in their communities. . In this way, AOT seeks to foster systemic change by increasing the presence of low-income BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Color) youth in high-income tech careers, ”the founders said.
Interestingly, the founders of AOT were once the students they now serve. Santana and Robinson were first generation college graduates who worked in the tech industry.
The concept of AOT started when Santana and Robinson were working in this industry. They noticed that there were very few people like them in the industry. At that time, they knew that something had to be done to change the face of the tech sector.
As people of color, Santana and Robinson knew what it was like not having the resources to thrive in their chosen fields. Like most, if not all people of color, they had to work so hard to pursue a career in tech.
Therefore, they made it their mission to help students who cannot easily pursue a career in tech. Using their skills and experience, Santana and Robinson founded AOT.
Santana and Robinson are two of the most effective leaders in this space. In fact, they were on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, selected as Leaders of the Robin Hood Foundation’s Inaugural Food Fund and recognized by the New York City and State of New York nonprofit media. New York for their work with AOT.
Currently, the duo are busy with the Innovators & Disruptors 2021 Awards and Awards Ceremony. The event will be held virtually on November 18, 2021. It will be hosted by NBC presenter Morgan Radford and will honor greats names like Nick Tran, head of global marketing at TikTok and Felicia Mayo, director of talent, diversity and culture at Nike. .
All proceeds will be used to support AOT student programs.
“We hope to leave behind a generation that had access to what it deserves. This is why we are working hard to help students across the country, ”the duo concluded.